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good on ideas... poor on writing,
This review is from: Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder (Hardcover)
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Taleb has gained ground as one of the more influential post modern thinkers - having been said to have predicted the financial crisis that preceded the current recession. I read The Black Swan a couple of years ago - and although it is not an easy read, the ideas were fresh and convincing. His success since, seems to have further driven his iconoclasm, but unfortunately I found this latest book bloated, dull and bombastic.
The central concept of Anti-Fragility in biological and ecological systems, being relevant to survival in a turbulent business and social world, is essentially a simple but effective idea, and none the worse for that. However the way this is written is in danger of detracting from the application of Taleb's insight. This would be a pity, since it is easy to see how we do need a paradigm shift in the way that he suggests.
Still I see that you can now book yourself on a 2 day training course (at great expense) on applying anti-fragility in oganisational settings....
This could and should be a much better book.
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Initial post: 6 Jan 2013 10:23:23 GMT
Fortunately, I only read the Kindle preview of this book. I would strongly recommend the try before you buy on this and echo the reviewers comments on bad writing. The text is bloated and the argument often wooly. There does seem to be an interesting idea there but it keeps appearing briefly before vanishing. Worst of all for me was the ad hominen nature of so much of the argument.
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